Join Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter to Delve into the Meaning of Jewish Memory—and How Jews Have Maintained Their Faith Amidst Tragedy
A new, free online course for the Nine Days and Tisha b’Av
What is the difference between Jewish memory and Jewish history? Jewish history is the story of what happened and how; Jewish memory is the story of how Jews talk and feel about their national past. In this online course, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter will survey some of the worst tragedies of Jewish history, paying close attention not only to what happened, but also to how Jews have remembered those tragedies as a collective—through liturgy, fasts, and days of mourning—and how they’ve used them to strengthen Jewish faith. Over eight arresting lectures, you will:
Examine some of the great tragedies of Jewish history, including the destruction of the Temples, the Crusades, the Chmielnicki massacres, and the Holocaust.
Delve into the ways that Jews have confronted and commemorated those events, particularly in the liturgy and observances of Tisha b’Av.
Think about the nature of national memory, and how it is that a person can remember an event that he never experienced.
Explore how Jews sought to maintain and strengthen their connection to God in spite of the horrible things they endured.
This course is sponsored by Drs. Tammy and Hillel Bryk
In honor of Drs. Miriam and Felix Glaubach, and
In memory of Dr. David and Doris Bryk
Meet Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and senior scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. From 2000 to 2005, he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston, and from 1981 to 2000 he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan. Rabbi Schacter holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard University and received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath. He is the co-author of A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American Judaism (with Jeffrey Gurock, 1996) and the editor of Jewish Tradition and the Nontraditional Jew (1992) and Judaism’s Encounter with other Cultures: Rejection or Integration? (1997). He has published numerous articles and reviews in Hebrew and English and is the founding editor of the Torah u-Madda Journal.